Newstar in Bol­ly­wood

Does she have “it”?

Woman's Era - - Short Story - By Anil Merani

There is a new girl on the prowl in Bol­ly­wood. In­ter­na­tional singer from Dubai and for­mer cricket man­ager Alfeeya has shown her act­ing prow­ess with a splen­did per­for­mance in the soon to be re­leased film on Kash­mir called Ji­had (pro­duced by Hy­der Kazmi and di­rected by Rakesh Par­maar). She has been be­stowed with the best debu­tant ac­tress award at the re­cent NRI Achiev­ers Awards held in Mum­bai.

Alfeeya says, “I al­ways wanted to be­gin my ca­reer with a think­ing topic. Ji­had looks at the on­go­ing mil­i­tancy in Kash­mir from a never-be­fore-seen per­spec­tive. Since the film is be­ing screened at var­i­ous na­tional and in­ter­na­tional film fes­ti­vals, I will be recog­nised as an ac­tor to be reck­oned with.”

Look­ing ahead this beauty is open to main­stream Bol­ly­wood projects as well. A ver­sa­tile ac­tor needs to have a bal­ance of both com­mer­cial pot boil­ers and off beaters in their C V. She is also let­ting her wings fly glob­ally as well. “The whole world is my oys­ter, I am open to chal­leng­ing in­ter­na­tional and Hol­ly­wood projects as well.”

Un­like many other as­pir­ing star­lets, Alfeeya does not have a god­fa­ther in the Hindi film in­dus­try, “I be­lieve in let­ting my hard work and ded­i­ca­tion to the craft speak for it­self. I am in talks with a few pro­duc­ers and di­rec­tors. Fin­gers crossed, you may hear some good news very soon.”

Apart from films, she is also open to do­ing classy web se­ries and short films as well. “But only if they are pro­duced by well­known ban­ners and have a strong role for me. I also don’t like the fact that some of the web con­tent have a un­nec­es­sary sprin­kling of sex just to win eye balls. I am open to bold roles in films and dig­i­tal but there should be need for the same in the script and, yes, it needs to be shot aes­thet­i­cally.”

Be­sides act­ing this sexy in­ter­na­tional vo­cal­ist is also set to re­lease her first English sin­gle soon. It is a mel­liflu­ous song and she is also toy­ing with en­ter­ing the Hindi mu­sic mar­ket as well. “I am in touch with some big la­bels,” she says.

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